* The music of the Dominican Republic is known primarily for merengue, though bachata, salsa and other forms are also popular. * Merengue is a musical genre native to the Dominican Republic. * Swift beats from güira or maracas percussion sections, and drums such as the tambora. * The accordion is also common, and is mostly heard in merengue típico. * Other instruments influences by Cuban son and mambo music frequently include a piano, saxophone, trombone and trumpet.
Geography Location: | | Caribbean, eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Haiti | | | | | Climate: | | tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation; seasonal variation in rainfall | | | Terrain: | | rugged highlands and mountains with fertile valleys interspersed | | | | | Natural hazards: | | lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding; periodic droughts | | | | | Geography - note: | \ | shares island of Hispaniola with Haiti | | |
Cuisine * Dominican cuisine is predominantly Spanish, Taíno, and African. * The typical cuisine is quite similar to what can be found in other